Sailing back to Puerto Vallarta after a a dazzling blue swim and picnic day, we could see the church of Our Lady of Guadalupe nestled beneath the “V” in the foothills of the Sierra Madres is the center of town. As we passed this spot, my good friend Gabriela Garcia told me that the area beyond the foothills has always been called “the cloud factory.”
|MIRANDO A VALLARTA DE UN BARCO DE VELA|
|RETURNING TO THE MARINA IN VALLARTA – REGRESANDO A LA MARINA|
As if on celestial schedule, big rains, almost always accompanied by winds and thrilling thunder and lightning, have been arriving at night on a very regular basis. They break the heat and humidity, giving Vallarta a feeling of freshness in the mornings. Also arriving are toads, which are their most active in hot, humid months. Our inclined street is below an arroyo, and when it rains, water plunges down over a stair system to the cobbled, grass-tufted street below and after a few blocks, into the bay.
|VENENOSO SAPO – HAY MUCHOS EN EL TIEMPO DE HUMEDAD Y CALOR – Y PELIGROSOS PARA PERROS.|
This week, I found an enormous lumpy, brown toad in one of the dog´s food dishes, which was completely filled with rain water from the night before. It sat very still in the water, and with its blinking yellow eyes, the toad looked perfect for a horror film. More toads continue to arrive and without touching them, are caught and taken to the arroyo. Some toads are highly poisonous, the biggest danger being to dogs, who either lick them, eat them, or simply drink from the water dish where the frog has been.
In front of the church of Our Lady of Guadalupe is EL CAMPANARIO, a good place for lunch. It´s the only restaurant I´ve been to in town that provide straws, the world´s number number one plastic contaminant, unless asked. Wednesdays are my favorite days because soup of the day is tortilla soup (“sopa azteca”). The entree, and there is a nice selection, is accompanied by small servings of salade, rice, beans and tortillas, plus a fresh fruit drink and custard dessert. Price: 65 pesos.
A few blocks north is RO´WO, a wonderful new shop that opened a month ago. For sale: art, handicrafts, accessories, textiles and some furniture. Almost everything is from Chiapas, the southernmost state in México, and its next-door neighbor, Guatemala. If you´re not currently in town, you might want to make a note to visit when you are: Hidalgo 424- Centro. Tel. 223-5476
Continuing north about ten blocks is HEALING HANDS – excellent for a very professional massage (300 pesos for an hour), mani/pedi, etc. Address is 240 Pipila in centro, catty-corner from Pipi´s, the popular tourist restaurant. Phone for massage, etc. appointment: 222-8441
|RO´WO GALERIA – NUEVA HERMOSA TIENDA EN CENTRO VALLARTA – TEL. 223-5476|
Because the foothills of the Sierra Madres to the east of Puerto Vallarta delay sunrise, skies are still dark at seven in the morning. I´ve been taking our dogs to the beach at Conchas Chinas at this time, hoping to see dolphins at dawn. Our gardener swears he sees them regularly at 7:30 most mornings. To date, I haven´t seen any, but the view of seemingly motionless pale pink, puffy clouds on the horizon at the beginning of sunrise and the long train of grey clouds clinging to the southern curve of the green, jungled hills above the bay is spectacular.
|EN BUSCA DE DELFINES EN PLAYA CONCHAS CHINAS – CASI MADRUGADA – ALMOST DAWN|
SEEING RED: SEPTEMBER 1 is the annual international JAPAN DOLPHINS DAY, which begins the horrific capturing and slaughtering of hundreds of dolphins, and lasts until March. Also killed in the dolphin drive will be porpoises and pilot whales. This date is observed with peaceful protests in many parts of the world. In Vallarta on a very hot afternoon (90 degrees farenheit with 70% humidity), protestors at the stoplight at Avenida México and Fluvial wore red, evocative of the cove in Taiji, which will soon be turned from blue to bright red from the blood of these intelligent and peaceful cetaceans.
|MANIFESTACIÓN EN VALLARTA CONTRA LA MATANZA DE DELFINES EN TAIJI, JAPÓN|
|MANIFESTACIÓN FRENTE DEL SEMÁFORO DE CALLES MÉXICO Y FLUVIAL|
RELATED: Good news: The World Conservation Congress has passed with overwhelming support a motion denouncing the killing of whales under the guise of science. Better news would be supporting a motion against all killing of cetaceans.
Shockingly, Norway kills more whales than Japan and Iceland combined. Per Animal Welfare Alerts, the Norwegian government is funding projects to promote domestic sales of whale products and the development of alternative commercial products derived from whales, including dietary supplements, medicines, and cosmetics. In 2015, the Myklebust Hvalprodukter company announced the launch of a series of new products derived from whale oil, including skin cream.
|SUNSET ON THE MALECÓN – PUESTA DEL SOL|
SEMANA NACIONAL DE ESTERILIZACIÓN EN MÉXICO (NATIONAL STERILIZATION WEEK IN MEXICO) – September 17-24
CALLE CERO, a national spay/neuter organization headquartered in Guadalajara, will observe this event in Puerto Vallarta by paying for 8 days of clinics here:
CALLE CERO VA A PAGAR PARA 8 DIAS DE CLÍNICAS AQUÍ EN VALLARTA:
Colina Clinic – Venustiano Carranza 491, Emiliano Zapata Phone: 01 322 104 6609
September 17 and 18- SPONSORED BY CALLE CERO
Pets for Life clinic – TBA September 19 and 20 – SPONSORED BY CALLE CERO – DR. POLI IS LOOKING FOR A LOCATION. PLEASE CHECK FB PAGE OF PEACEANIMALS OR WEBSITE. DR. POLI ESTÁ BUSCANDO LUGAR. FAVOR DE CHECAR LA PÁGINA DE FB PARA LA DIRECIÓN.
PEACEAnimals – las Juntas – September 21- 24 – SPONSORED BY CALLE CERO
|CALLE VERA CRUZ – LA FLORESTA EL HOGAR FÚE UNA CASA VACÍA. CLINIC TOOK PLACE IN AN EMPTY CEMENT HOUSE ON VERA CRUZ STREET.|
LA FLORESTA – Is an inland colonia driving northeast for approximately 25 minutes, passing through Pitillal. The first thing I saw driving up the cobbled street was a tired looking brown Pit Bull mix whose teats indicated that she had given birth to more than one litter. I followed her into a large, muddy yard with ducks, chickens, kittens and cats and more dogs. A thin, older woman with a wrinkled and tanned face said the only dog she wanted sterilized was the dog I had followed. She didn´t want to have the kittens sterilized, because she “loved kittens and wanted to keep having more kittens born.” I explained that there were hundreds of kittens already born and in refuges and homes that needed adopting. The woman relented, but didn´t want the adult cats or other dogs spayed and neutered. There were a lot of Pit Bulls and Pit Bull mixes living on calle Vera Cruz, and none of the owners I spoke with wanted them sterilized. Other Pit Bulls did arrive to be spayed and neutered. At the Centro de Acopio, there are 21 Pit Bulls waiting for adoption out of a total of 55 dogs. 293-3690 if interested in adopting a wonderful dog or cat.
|HABÍAN MUCHOS PIT BULLS EN LA CALLE VERA CRUZ, PERO LOS DUEÑOS NO QUERÍAN ESTERILIZARLOS.|
Frank Ohly, our regular two-day volunteer, arrived on his motorcycle with rescue kittens and puppy from Puro Gato. Angelica of AngeliCAT smiled when she said she had brought us six “presents” – kittens for surgery.
|FRANK CON GATOS Y PERRITO DE PURO GATO PARA ESTERILIZACIÓN – LA FLORESTA|
Dr. Poli, after having missed only two clinics, was back operating after an emergency appendectomy. Per doctors orders, he is not to do any lifting, and to sit down as much as possible between surgeries.
|DR. POLI REGRESÓ A LAS CLÍNICAS DESPUÉS DE SU OPERACIÓN DE APENDECITIS.|
STERILIZATIONS AT LA FLORESTA CLINIC AUGUST 31-SEPTEMBER 3: 37 FEMALE CATS; 14 MALE CATS; 40 FEMALE DOGS; 21 MALE DOGS TOTAL: 112
PLUS PREGNANCIES TERMINATED FOR1 CAT WITH 3 FETUSES AND 1 DOG WITH 9 FETUSES
|HEMBRA PARA ESTERILIZAR – LA FLORESTA – FEMALE DOG WAITING TO BE SPAYED|
DONATIONS AT LA FLORESTA CLINIC: 1500 PESOS
DONATIONS TO PEACEANIMALS: Michael Turner – $50 USD (monthly)
PurrProject – cat rescue/refuge in Puerto Vallarta – $200 USD
VALLARTA ADVENTURES DOG ADOPTION WALK: Patricia Meneses, organizer of this event, advised that the dog walk will take place every other Friday at 7 PM. The starting point is in front of MacDonald´s on the north end of the malecón and continues to los arcos and back. Rescue dogs for adoption will be wearing neon green jackets that say “Adoptame.” Pati needs more volunteers to help with this walk, which is a very enjoyable one. Please contact her at [email protected] The next dog walk will be on Friday, September 9th.
|LO TRAJO PARA ESTERLIZAR A LA CLÍNICA EN LA FLORESTA Y DIJO QUE ÉL ERA “VIRGEN.” THE OWNER ADVISED WITH A SMILE THAT HER DOG WAS A VIRGIN!|
EDUCATION PROGRAM: Schools are back in session. Leslie Caratachea presented to the Secondaria 81 school. The director only gave her the time to visit one classroom with 33 students.
|CLÍNICA EN LA FLORESTA|
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|DESPUÉS DE DOS PARTOS, TRAJO SU PIT BULL A LA CLÍNICA EN LA FLORESTA. AFTER TWO LITTERS, THIS ATTRACTIVE YOUNG MAN BROUGHT IN HIS PIT BULL.|
PLEASE CHECK OUR WEBSITE, FB PAGE OR BLOG FOR NEW DATES AND LOCATIONS. FAVOR DE CHECAR NUESTRO WEBSITE, PÁGINA EN FB O BLOG PARA NUEVAS FECHAS Y HOGARES.
September 7-10 – NO CLINIC
(Note: I will be traveling outside México September 8-29. Next blog will be written on my return. Voy estar fuera de México apartir del 9 de septiembre hasta el 29).
September 13-16 – (ESTA SEMANA LA CLINIC COMIENZA MARTES HASTA VIERNES. THIS WILL BE A TUESDAY-FRIDAY CLINIC) colonia Joyas de Pedregal en el lienzo charro – calle avenida Víctor Iturbe #540 esquina con agua marina y calle topacio
SEPTEMBER 17 AND 18… Col. Emiliano Zapata – calle 491 V. Carranza en la clínica de Colina PAGADA POR CALLE CERO COMO PARTE DE LA SEMANA NACIÓNAL DE ESTERILIZACIÓN
SEPTEMBER 19 AND 20 – PETS FOR LIFE – waiting for location to be announced. Esperando noticas de Dr. Poli por dónde van estar. PAGADA POR CALLE CERO COMO PARTE DE LA SEMANA NACIÓNAL DE ESTERILIZACIÓN
September 21-24 . PEACEAnimals – las Juntas -calle Revolución – en la delegación frente de la plaza principal. PAGADA POR CALLE CERO COMO PARTE DE LA SEMANA NACIÓNAL DE ESTERILIZACIÓN
September 28-October 1 – SAN jUAN DE ABAJO, NAYARIT – CALLE 5 DE MAYO #5
October 5-8 – Col. Coapinole – Calle Corea del sur #904 esquina Ramón Corona
October 12-15 – Col. Palmar del Progreso – Avenida 16 de septiembre # 870 en el local de Maru Garcia Lorenzo
October 26-29 – San Vicente, Nayarit
November 9-12 – La Peñita, Nay. (Pets for Life)
OAXACA PETS FOR LIFE CLINICS IN DECEMBER HAVE BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE BLOCKING OF ROADS BY THE TEACHERS UNION.
December 21-January 4, 2017 – CHRISTMAS VACATION
January 11-14, 2017 – Bucerias, Nayarit (Pets for Life)
|DR. PACHECO – LA FLORESTA|
CALENDAR FOR SPECIAL SUNDAY ONE-DAY CLINICS ON THE ISLA CUALE, WHERE SO MANY CATS AND KITTENS ARE ABANDONED. PURO GATO WILL HOLD ADOPTIONS ON THE ISLA FROM 11-2 ON THESE SAME DATES. THE CLINICS OPEN AT 9 AM. ARRIVE EARLY!
Diciembre 4- domingo – PURO GATO
2017 – January 7, 2017 – ANONYMOUS DONOR #1 (limited to 30 animals)
February – November – PEACEANIMALS – 10 Sundays have been underwritten by anonymous donor #2
|DÍA CALOROSO EN LA FLORESTA. ATRÁS – ANGELICA DE ANGELICAT – IN THE BACKGROUND.|
THE ABOVE GROUPS HAVE HIRED AND WILL PAY PETS FOR LIFE 4,500 PESOS FOR THE STERILIZATION OF 30 ANIMALS. IF NUMBERS ARE GREATER, THE SAME ORGANIZATIONS WILL REQUEST DONATIONS FROM THEIR SUPPORTERS TO MAKE UP THE DIFFERENCE. For each cat or dog over the number 30, sponsors of the Sunday clinics will be charged 150 pesos.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SPONSOR A ONE-DAY SUNDAY CLINIC ON THE ISLA CUALE, THE COST IS ONLY 4,500 PESOS TO STERILIZE 30 CATS AND DOGS. PLEASE CONTACT SHANN[email protected]
|OTRA PIT BULL ANTES DE ESTERILIZACIÓN Y DESPUÉS DE 2 PARTOS. ANOTHER PIT BULL WHOSE OWNER DECIDED TO SPAY HER AFTER TWO LITTERS. LA FLORESTA|
PEACEAnimals does not buy advertising or pay for posters, flyers, megaphone announcers or locations. All monies raised go directly to actual costs of the clinics. Dr. Poli, as director of PEACEAnimals, a Mexican AC (non-profit) and Pets for Life, a Mexican SC (business), selects clinic locations.
All pet registration forms with signatures of owners or rescuers are submitted by Dr. Poli to the local department of health, with copies to PEACEAnimals.
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|VOLUNTARIO AYUDANDO EN LA FLORESTA – VOLUNTEER HELPING WITH KENNELS|
WE NEED DONATIONS OF USED AND NEW KENNELS FOR CATS AND DOGS OF ALL SIZES.
LINEA DESIGNADA PARA DIRECIÓNES Y COMO LLEGAR (EN ESPAÑOL) A LAS CLÍNICAS CADA SEMANA: (322) 113 3955
PARA REPORTAR ABUSO A LOS ANIMALES – 293 3690